Indigenous to the Maluku Islands of Indonesia and cultivated in Madagascar, India, Pakistan and Brazil, clove is a small evergreen shrub that has smooth bark, shiny leaves and cylindrical flowers that form in clusters. Best known as an aromatic spice, oil extracted from the leaves and dried flower buds of the clove tree have reputed medicinal uses.
Properties of Clove Oil
Eugenol is the active ingredient in cloves that gives the oil its analgesic, anesthetic, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, and some studies show that some clove preparations may give as much relief as gels that contain 20 percent benzocaine, a topical anesthetic. A combination of clove oil and zinc oxide may be helpful for dry socket, the inflammation that occurs in the mouth after a tooth is pulled. The NIH indicates that clove oil gets a grade of "B" for these purpos, as there's good scientific evidence to support them.
Directions for Use:
Apply clove oil directly to the painful tooth, or put some on a cotton ball and place it next to the tooth. But don't swallow clove oil, as it can be dangerous in large doses. Cautions that ingestion of undiluted clove oil may cause vomiting, sore throat, seizures, respiratory difficulties and kidney or liver failure.
Clove Oil Cautions:
Clove oil may cause burning or loss of sensation when applied to the inside of your mouth. Even small doses of clove oil can cause side effects in children. It's not advised, then, for use in children nor for pregnant or breastfeeding women. If you have kidney or liver problems or seizures, use clove oil with caution. Some people are sensitive to the eugenol constituent in cloves and severe allergic reactions may occur. If you know you're allergic to cloves, eugenol or Balsam of Peru, avoid using clove oil to treat tooth pain.
Keep in a cool dry place away from sunlight & direct heat.
Keep away from Children